Before the Hays Thou Shall Not 1. Law Defeated. 2. Inside of Thigh 3. Lace Lingerie 4. Dead Man 5. Narcotics 6. Drinking 7. Exposed Bosom 8. Gambling 9. Pointing Gun 10. Tommy Gun

Before the Hays
Ecomomic Turmoil and Social Distress
Ecomomic Turmoil and Social Distress

Fallen-women, backstage musicals, social-problem films, and “anarchic” comedies—were distinctly connected to the economic distress of the early 1930s and the social-psychological anxieties it produced. Filmmakers were more likely to make, and audiences were more likely to respond to, films that called into question dominant attitudes toward sexuality, upper-class respectability, and the institutions of law and […]

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